I’m not much of an interior photographer, being too impatient and lazy to carry a tripod or a decent flash. But the inner workings of those places you rarely see, I find them fascinating.
This is the interior of the Rijn en Lek windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands. It’s mostly famous for not being the windmill in the 1670 painting “The Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede” by Jacob Isaackszon van Ruisdael, and for being the only drive-through windmill in the world (it sits on a 14th century gatehouse, so a narrow street runs underneath). The mill dates from the late 17th century, and was threatened with demolition several times in its long life, but eventually the city banded together to fight for its survival, and successfully encouraged the “Association of the Dutch Windmill” to purchase the building in 1929. It still mills flour, and has been run by volunteer millers since 1972.
The windmill is open to the public most days, with free entry (all donations appreciated). It was extremely windy on the day I visited, and the wood creaked alarmingly. The cogs spun with a surprising amount of speed despite there being no cloth on the sails, and at one point the whole lot came to a complete stop with a deafening groan. Thankfully it started up again soon after.